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  • Blog Post: New Import and Export Features in Hyper-V R2

    Good news from the virtualization team. Over on their blog is a new post about the import/export functionality in Hyper-V. There are major enhancements that address several scenarios that were either not easy or not possible with Hyper-V RTM. Scenarios such as exporting a VM and importing it to a different...
  • Blog Post: Marc Andreessen on Personal Productivity

    Marc Andreessen (of Netscape fame), started blogging recently at http://blog.pmarca.com/ . So far his posts are very interesting and several have great depth, particularly his series " the truth about venture capitalists ". My favorite though is his post about personal productivity . Among many suggestions...
  • Blog Post: TechReady9 Day 2 Wrap-up

    Day 2 at TechReady was packed with technical sessions, no keynotes. In the morning I attended a session on model driven development. Not yet an infrastructure architecture related technology but as I mentioned yesterday regarding System Center, Microsoft is investing in a big way in modeling. The “Oslo...
  • Blog Post: SCOM, OCS, PowerShell - Can you keep up?

    As someone who attempts (and whose job!) it is to maintain at least a passing knowledge of all of the Microsoft infrastructure servers and expertise in at least a few of them, weeks like this are both exciting and a great challenge. In case you missed them, there were a lot of announcements and releases...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Hidden Costs of VDI

    Brian Madden has an excellent post up today called The hidden costs of VDI . I’ve been working nearly full time the last two months helping to put together a Microsoft Services offering around desktop virtualization in general and VDI in particular so have spent a lot of time looking into both the technical...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Books from Microsoft Insiders

    Two new books on Hyper-V have been released or coming soon. These are written by some of the most active members of the virtualization team and extended community inside Microsoft. Some of the authors I know personally and some I know by reputation from the hundreds of questions they answer every month...
  • Blog Post: More Info on the Microsoft and Novell Announcement

    Jason Matusow has a detailed post on his blog about the announcement. Here's the announcement . I'm still reading through the details but it definitely looks like a win/win for both companies but more importantly customers. Most of the early commentary on tech blogs interprets this as a defensive move...
  • Blog Post: TechReady Day 2 - Unified Communication, Identity Management

    Day 2 at TechReady lived up to expectations. Today I attended several sessions on Unified Communication (UC), and Identity Management. While there has been a fair amount of press lately on our UC efforts, I don't think it has sunk in yet how much Microsoft is focusing on this space. The investments are...
  • Blog Post: IIS Gaining Rapidly on Apache

    I hadn't taken note of the market share numbers in a while but check out the results from the most recent Netcraft survey . They state the following: "Microsoft continues to increase its web server market share, adding 2.6 million sites this month as Apache loses 991K hostnames. As a result, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Mix'07 is getting great press

    Lots of good press coming out of Mix. I was able to catch the keynote webcast. It was great to hear from Ray Ozzie in some depth about his vision for the future of software plus services. Even internally unless you're on some of those teams the news has been pretty sparse. I like the fact that virtually...
  • Blog Post: Comparing MOF to ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000

    Over on the MOF and Service Management blog, two new guides have been released detailing how the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) complements the ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 standards and how MOF can be used in concert with them. While oversimplified, I’ve always described MOF as specific Microsoft process...
  • Blog Post: New Blog and a Post About Routing Between Virtual Networks

    Robert Larson, a fellow Microsoft Consulting Services colleague and co-author of the upcoming Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit has started a new blog . One of his posts deals with the various options available to provide network connectivity and routing between virtual machines. The topic came from...
  • Blog Post: Great Info on 64-bit Vista Security and Patchguard

    I was reading a post on Steve Riley's blog that linked to a couple of very interesting posts by Jeff Jones on his Think Security blog. He goes into quite a bit of detail on Patchguard and also interviews Forrest Foltz who is a Patchguard Architect at Microsoft. They discuss some of the truths and misconceptions...
  • Blog Post: AnandTech's Windows Vista Performance Guide

    AnandTech has published a Windows Vista Performance Guide that is a very good read. If you want details and benchmarks on SuperFetch, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, 64 bit, etc. this article is for you. It does a good job of explaining the technologies and benchmarks each of the different options. Overall it...
  • Blog Post: TechReady9 Day 3 Wrap-up

    Day 3 kicked off with a keynote by Ray Ozzie and several very cool demos on UI futures, what’s coming across some of the Bing features, and some stuff MSR is working on. There was also a good discussion of how concepts move from MSR, to Labs, then into the product groups. Next up was a very entertaining...
  • Blog Post: Is the CMDB just a dream?

    Glenn O'Donnell over at Forrester had a great post titled “ Is a CMDB even possible? ” that I just came across. As you may know, CMDB stands for Configuration Management Database and is typically defined as a single repository holding all configuration items (systems, applications, etc) and their relationships...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com is running on IIS7 at 99.83% Availability

    Interesting post and stats over on www.iss.net www.iis.net . Microsoft.com has now migrated all but one server over to IIS7. 99% of apps worked unchanged. Most folks don't realize this but Microsoft.com has the 4th widest audience in the US and the 5th widest worldwide. The site runs primarily out of...
  • Blog Post: What is SoftGrid Application Virtualization?

    It is very cool application virtualization technology. Check out this post for details: http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/archive/2007/08/02/inside-the-grid-part-1.aspx This is the first in what will be a series of posts from the team so be sure to subscribe to their feed. There is a lot of development...
  • Blog Post: Sun's Red Shift Theory

    This is a very interesting article on a theory by Sun's CTO Greg Papadopoulos that over the intermediate term, computing and data centers are going to consolidate so much that eventually a very large percentage of all computing will be done in massive data centers owned by a very few large companies...
  • Blog Post: Private Clouds: Believe it or not?

    Recently there has been some healthy debate around the validity of “private clouds” and whether such a construct is new or just a different name for virtualization and automated provisioning, i.e. a marketecture. In this corner for the anti-Private Cloud sentiment, we have the 2009 Prediction – Rise...
  • Blog Post: What are Composite Applications? See Microsoft Architect Journal 10

    Volume 10 of the Microsoft Architect Journal has been released to the web . This issue deals with the concept of Composite Applications which are basically the payoff that a service oriented architecture provides. Composition deals with creating an end capability or application by consuming various services...
  • Blog Post: Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed in One Client with .NET!

    So I’ve been using Seesmic Desktop as a Twitter and Facebook client for the last week or two. Very cool app built on Adobe Air. Today via @EverythingMS I heard about sobees , a .NET app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed (yeah!), and many other sources. I’ve only just started using it in the...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on the Windows Server Virtualization Announcement

    By now most readers of this blog will have heard that some of the planned Windows Server Virtualization (Viridian) features have been deferred. The details were posted here . Dan Kusnetzky over on ZDnet has a blog post with good analysis of the options. This was certainly a disappointment for those of...
  • Blog Post: TechReady Day 3 and 4: Windows Server 2008

    My schedule on day 3 and 4 was very heavy on sessions dealing with virtualization and various Windows Server 2008 topics. I mentioned it in my previous post but there is a tremendous amount of integration and collaboration between the virtualization teams and the management teams. I asked a several questions...
  • Blog Post: Great Advice

    Sean Olson has a fantastic post called “ What I Wish I Knew at 21 ”. Take five minutes and read it, I guarantee you’ll find it useful and thought provoking.